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Dec 15 04:16

Letters to the New World Order: Dear Torture-Loving War Criminal Dick Cheney

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Truthstream’s original series “Letters to the New World Order.” Letter #5 goes out to former Vice President DICK Cheney.

One time Aaron had a dream that saying the word “torture” five times resurrected Dick Cheney as every movie villain in the history of cinema combined like Voltron possessed by John McCain’s mother to single-handedly continue fighting the fictitious war on terror using war crimes to save the Middle East from the specter of peace.

Did I say dream? It was more like a nightmare of a nightmare that had a nightmare about a nightmare. On nightmare juice.

Five down, only 8,738 left to go.

~Mel

Dec 15 03:29

Another banker dies under suspicious circumstances

Dec 14 23:24

Israel’s Nazi Nuremberg Law-based Citizenship Definition not Strict Enough, says its Chief Rabbi

Israel’s Nazi Nuremberg Laws-based citizenship rules are not strict enough to preserve Jewish racial purity and more needs to be done to prevent non-Jews from marrying Jews, that country’s chief rabbi has declared, a report in the New Observer has revealed.

Interviewed by the Israeli newspaper Ynetnews, Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau—the single most powerful and influential Jewish religious leader in the world—said that his nation’s “Law of Return” was letting too many non-Jews into the country.

Dec 14 23:20

Sydney Hostage Situation: 3 People Flee Lindt Chocolate Shop

Three people were seen fleeing from a Sydney cafe after they had been taken hostage -- with others still held inside as neighboring blocks remain locked down as police tried to make contact with the armed perpetrator, authorities said.

The hostages were being held in the Lindt Chocolat Café, a chocolate shop and cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, the city's financial district where the Reserve Bank of Australia and several commercial banks have their main offices. The area is also close to the New South Wales state parliament.

New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn confirmed that three people had gotten away.

Dec 14 20:21

DOD gave Georgia law enforcement agencies $70M in military surplus gear

According to U.S. Department of Defense records, equipment ranging from an ice cream maker to grenade launchers has been given to Georgia law enforcement and government agencies through a federal military surplus program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia agencies received more than $70 million in decommissioned military gear, mostly in the last three years.

Dec 14 19:20

Sydney siege: Hostages held in central cafe. Live Video, Updates

At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in the centre of the Australian city of Sydney. Pictures on Australian television have shown at least three people with their hands up against a window, and a black flag with Arabic writing. Hundreds of armed police have sealed off the normally busy Martin Place in Sydney's central business district. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the incident as "deeply concerning". "All Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner," he said in a statement.

Dec 14 18:39

Wisconsin passed a law requiring outside investigation when police are involved in an incident that results in death

Race is at the forefront of the current debate over the police use of deadly force. But one shooting in Wisconsin highlights another factor at play when police shoot civilians — the lack of outside investigation. And the decade-old death has led to real reform in the state.

Dec 14 18:39

Breaking: Hostages Being Held By "Islamists" in Sydney Cafe

Between 13 - 50 hostages are being held by armed men in a siege in a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

From The Telegraph UK:

Twenty hostages have been taken by gunmen – apparently Islamic extremists - at a popular café in Martin Place, the heart of Sydney.

The siege began at the Lindt chocolate shop café at about 9.45am, local time, and has brought the city to a standstill.

Dec 14 18:39

Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo

Analysis for prestigious Nature magazine sounds alarm on the way that human activity, from overfishing to agriculture, is forcing a vast number of species to vanish from the wild

Dec 14 18:24

Cop unions put GPS monitors on politician's cars to frame them.

The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence.

Dec 14 18:23

Man can't challenge $280K tax bill he probably doesn't really owe, Pa. court says

With undisguised reluctance, Commonwealth Court has issued an order requiring a Philadelphia man to pay a $280,772 tax bill that he probably doesn't really owe.

Dec 14 18:23

Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution

When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Dec 14 15:26

Whitewashing a Palestinian minister’s murder

Jamal Kanj examines the murder by Israeli Wehrmacht soldiers of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein and the subsequent propaganda blitz by Israel and its Western stooges and nincompoops to whitewash the murder.

Dec 14 14:43

Citigroup managing director found dead in the bathtub

Another banker? Citigroup managing director, dies in suspected suicide

Citigroup managing director Shawn D. Miller was found dead in the bathtub of his New York City apartment...Police believe Miller killed himself, Detective Martin Speechley, an NYPD spokesman, told Bloomberg News Wednesday. However, the official cause of death will remain a mystery until the autopsy report is concluded.

Investigators believe Miller killed himself after going on a drug, methamphetamine and alcohol bender, according to the Daily News, which said that cops found controlled substances in the apartment.

The banker was discovered by the building’s doorman on Tuesday afternoon, after his boyfriend was unable to get a hold of him. His body was found with a laceration to his neck, the NYPD said. He was pronounced dead by paramedics that arrived to the apartment.

Dec 14 14:22

17 Disgraceful Facts Buried In The Senate’s 600 Page Torture Report

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s extensive use of torture reveals that the agency regularly misled the White House and Congress about the information it had obtained from detainees and used techniques that are far more brutal than it — or former Bush administration officials — had previously acknowledged.

Dec 14 14:14

Moazzam Begg On CIA Torture Report

Following on from a damning report on "harsh interrogation techniques" used by the CIA, CAGE's Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility.

Dec 14 14:03

CIA & Torture – All Americans Are Now At Risk When Captured

Lost in all the defense of uncivilized and unethical behavior that should be criminally punished in the CIA Torture scandal, is the simple fact that human beings with a conscious do not act that way. It was agreed among nations that torture would be outlawed and the bottom-line is rather clear – no American is now safe for when captured they will be tortured in retaliation. The people who authorized this should be criminally prosecuted and the two psychologists in Spokane, Washington should stand trial for violating international and US law.

Dec 14 12:13

Interview 979 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato

torture amnesia and torture normalization
distractions and debates instead of punishment
assassinations/criminality as entertainment?

Dec 14 11:18

CHP: "Military Personnel Easily Fit Into The CHP's Workforce And Adapt Well To Our Paramilitary Work Environment"

The California Highway Patrol website has a special military recruiting page which states "Former military personnel easily fit into the CHP's workforce and adapt well to our paramilitary work environment" and that applicants can "use 'military skills' to 'promote through the CHP's ranks.'

The CHP then continues to admit they will promote military applicants further down the long hiring process, regardless of test scores!"All individuals awarded Veterans’ Preference will be certified in Rank 1 of the eligibility list, regardless of score." Another page on their site admits "The California Highway Patrol is often described as a "paramilitary" department, and that is true."
In the wake of CHP recently caught on video beating elderly grandmothers and pointing guns at protesters, perhaps this mentality of a 'CHP PARAMILITARY FORCE' ought to be examined.

Dec 14 11:05

Time for a Police Offenders Registry: A police job is a privilege, not a right

There's a moral obligation to keep bad cops off the streets. A job with a police department is not a right and shouldn't be treated like one. Police unions that push for permissive rules that end up protecting bad cops pose a serious public safety threat. Nevertheless, dismantling them where they've taken root is a difficult prospect even in the long-term. There are other ways to keep bad cops off the streets. The federal government, and state governments, ought to create and encourage the use of a police offender registry list. Such a list would register individuals who while employed as law enforcement officers were found unfit for duty or faced serious disciplinary issues they may have resigned to avoid. Just as

Dec 14 10:58

James Corbett & David L Smith on boomerang sanctions on Russia

gold thefts
oil manipulation
deflation

Dec 14 10:46

NarcoNews: Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

Press-titutes and whore-respondents (as Gerald Celente calls them)

Dec 14 10:22

Washington’s Master Plan: World Conquest. “Madness Defines US Policy”

Just to make the parallels glaringly obvious - we're the bad guys this time around

Dec 14 10:17

Police Union Caught Putting GPS On Rival Politician’s Car And Framing Him For DUI

This week, two former police officers were arrested and charged with felonies after a plot to frame a local politician failed miserably. Private investigators and former police officers Chris Lanzillo and Scott Impola now face felony charges of illegal use of a tracking device, false imprisonment by deceit, conspiracy to commit a crime and falsely reporting a crime. The two were not acting independently but were actually hired by Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir of Upland, a law-firm, which at the time represented over 120 police unions across California.

Dec 14 09:33

Police union caught putting GPS on rival politician’s car and framing him for DUI

PROTECTING AND SERVING IS THE NEW RACKETEERING

Dec 14 09:31

‘Victory’ declared as source reveals DOJ will not force James Risen testimony

In what supporters are calling a “big victory for defying illegitimate authority,” the Department of Justice will reportedly not force New York Times journalist James Risen to testify against a source in court, an unnamed official told news outlets on Friday.

Dec 14 09:10

Life Insurers Use State Laws to Avoid as Much as $100 Billion in U.S. Taxes

Some companies have been called economic traitors for seeking to lower their tax bills by moving overseas. But life insurers are accomplishing the same goal without leaving the country, saving as much as $100 billion in federal taxes, much of it in the last several years.

Dec 14 09:10

China used more cement in the last three years than the US used in the entire 20th century.

We've all seen the headlines about rampant Chinese economic growth. Many have presented evidence — from ghost cities, to excessive financial debt — that China's growth is an unsustainable bubble. And maybe the boom there will soon give way to a bust.

Dec 14 09:09

These Two Contrasting Headlines Tell You All You Need To Know About Media Bias

The difference in the way the media treats Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren tells you all you need to know about bias in the media.
Compare these two headlines regarding Warren’s attempt to convince Democrats in the House to oppose the CRomnibus versus Ted Cruz’s similar effort in the Senate.

Dec 14 08:59

Skinny Puppy demands $666,000 in royalties from U.S. government for using their music in Guantanamo torture

Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy have invoiced the U.S. government $666,000 in royalties after learning their music was used as a torture device at Guantánamo Bay:

Dec 14 08:59

Life is a struggle on €232,000, says university president

Ireland's highest-paid university president has staunchly defended his six-figure salary.

The president of University College Cork, Dr Michael Murphy, who is paid €232,000 a year, has described how the heads of Irish universities "are as challenged at paying their bills as anyone else".

Dec 14 08:58

Artist Brilliantly Illustrates What The GOP Just Did With Their Massive Victory in November

Contrary to what we’ve been led to believe the GOP is not a conservative party, and in fact wants conservatives to go away.

Dec 14 07:42

Amnesty: One Brick in America’s Wall of Doom. Race Riots Another.

Before Obama made his Amnesty speech last Thursday I thought of The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. One brick after another sealed the fate of an unsuspecting murder victim in Poe’s classic mystery story. We could all benefit if we began to interpret every action of the New World Order as part of an elaborate step by step scheme to kill the majority of Americans and to reduce the remaining survivors to Debt Slavery.

Dec 14 07:35

Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report pillorying the CIA’s Bush-era detention and interrogation program is replete with lurid details of what would commonly be called torture, if those practices were carried out on you or me. Waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation, coffin-size cells and forcing detainees to stand in stress positions, even with broken bones, is the stuff of a horror movie. But there is another revelation in the long-awaited, and controversial, Senate committee report that so far seems to have slipped past much examination in the public spotlight.

Dec 14 07:14

Dancing the Apocalypse Tandava with Amanita Muscaria Claws.

Well, we know that Santa Claws is a myth, unless you think of him as a big, fat, red and white mushroom that those in the know are aware opens the doors of perception into the invisible realms. I love making that reference because it makes those who have never ventured gnash their teeth and howl out of their unconfirming absence of any experience whatsoever of that which is known and verified by indigenous peoples the world over. Here is an interesting ticket concerning this. Those cultures abstaining from a general engagement with this sort of thing (for the most part) and rather relying on the inspiration of alcoholic ‘spirits’, are all manifest expressions of materialism at its most intense level and those cultures that do engage nearly all reflect a much smaller presence of materialism.

Dec 14 07:07

Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says Craig Murray, diplomat fired for reporting toture.

By Craig Murray, Former British Ambassador To Uzbekistan

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.

Dec 14 07:03

British Spy Agency To Search For Child Porn

... along with other perversions it is a side effect of the deliberate social engineering policies in effect (of breaking all traditional kinship bonds), so a police issue has been delegated to a national security agency (GCHQ), that is revealing and strange. Revealing that society cannot cope with the ideology enforced on it.?

Dec 14 06:56

Man can't challenge $280K tax bill he probably doesn't really owe, Pa. court says

Philadelphia has a policy of sending out tax delinquency notices with fictional "jeopardy assessments." Those assessments aren't based on any actual tax determination, and are set deliberately high to induce the targeted taxpayer to contact the city's revenue department to determine the true amount of tax owed[...]When Lerner's attorney asked Reynolds whether the jeopardy assessment "is just something you make up to scare the taxpayers to come in," Reynolds replied, "Basically, yes."

Dec 14 06:48

Ron Paul: Scrap CIA, NSA, Bring Troops Home

Never one to hold back when it comes to corrupt big government agencies, former Congressman Ron Paul said Tuesday that the world would be a much better place if the CIA were completely abolished.

Responding in part to the release of the Summary of the forthcoming Senate report on CIA torture, and also to an impending possible government shutdown, Paul stated “my government shutdown would be something to be proud of.”

“Abolish the NSA, the TSA, the CIA and all spying on American citizens.” Paul urged.

Dec 14 06:41

The global currency reset is now 100% confirmed, activated and performing.

The global currency reset is now 100% confirmed, activated and performing.

Bank of China monies have been received into master paymaster accounts globally, yet still are unreleased to private groups or the public as of Monday evening EST.

The United States Treasury was sequestered to solve government shut down threat this coming Thursday. But remaining cabal leadership, led by David Cohen of UST, is still fighting public disclosure of TRN tooth and nail. However, his delay attempts are futile as the Believe it or not cabal has been rendered incapable of starting yet another war/mass destruction event (a la 9/11 or 3/11).

Dec 14 06:04

Hidden devices scrutinize employees

Software that monitors employees who work at home. Electronic gear that tracks everywhere they go and how they drive while on the job. Technology that records their fitness and "happiness levels."

Dec 14 03:25

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

CIA Director John Brennan’s televised press conference Thursday at the agency’s headquarters, an unprecedented event, marked a new threshold in the collapse of American democracy and the erection of a police state.

Dec 13 23:25

CIA cites Israeli model to justify torture

This is no joke. The United States relied on Israeli precedents and Tel Aviv’s violation of human rights to justify the torture of detainees by its own intelligence agencies, as was revealed in a report issued by the US Senate Intelligence Committee. Israeli media outlets have published highlights of the report.

Dec 13 18:19

CIA morale 'deeply hurt' following Senate report

The US Senate report on the CIA's interrogation methods has unleashed a fierce debate about America's intelligence services. CIA director John Brennan has defended his agency's program, in contrast to President Obama.

"The CIA is going through a huge morale problem," said US security expert Harlan Ullman in an interview with DW, commenting on the recent US Senate report on the CIA's interrogation methods, which has made serious torture allegations against the secret service. "CIA employees believed they were doing what they were supposed to be doing. They find this to be a devastating critique."

Dec 13 18:18

US budget resolution funds war and repression:"a staggering $830 billion,more than 80 cents out of every dollar in the funding bill,is devoted to killing,spying on,imprisoning or otherwise oppressing the people of the world,including the American people

The omnibus spending resolution adopted by the US House of Representatives just before midnight Thursday, and which is now before the Senate, is a detailed public statement of the priorities of the American ruling elite. The bulk of the more than $1.1 trillion in funding goes to the military and other repressive functions of the federal government, such as spying, prisons and the police.

Dec 13 15:44

What Part of Shall Not Be Infringed Do You Not Understand?

Our government has proven time and time again that following the constitution is simply not something they feel they have to do when it stands in their way.

Dec 13 15:36

France to put terminally ill into 'deep sleep' until they die

French parliament to debate a draft law that will give doctors in France the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die.

Dec 13 15:28

U.N. “Peacekeepers” Use Live Ammo on Protesters

The establishment media usually insists the United Nations is impartial and sends blue helmets to hotspots in the spirit of neutrality.

Dec 13 15:07

Israel’s Jews NOT Palestinians who are trapped in their public narrative

The only threat to Israel’s very existence is its on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank (ethnic cleansing slowly and by stealth) and the sickening Zionist self-righteousness that justifies it.

It’s Israel’s Jews not the Palestinians who have got to make the first major move if there is ever to be peace based on justice for the Palestinians and security for all. And what does that first major move have to be?

AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT A TERRIBLE WRONG WAS DONE TO THE PALESTINIANS BY ZIONISM IN THE NAME OF ALL JEWS AND THAT THIS WRONG MUST BE RIGHTED

Dec 13 14:04

Police: Armored military vehicles needed for ‘constitutionalists’ with firearms

Shocking video provided exclusively to Infowars shows a Washington state sheriff’s deputy proclaiming that law enforcement officers need armored military vehicles because of “constitutionalists” with firearms.

Dec 13 13:53

Israel’s Jews trapped in their own narrative

Alan Hart explains why Israeli Jews must acknowledge that a terrible wrong was done to the Palestinians by Zionism in the name of all Jews and that this wrong must be righted

Dec 13 12:57

Nevada Police Refuse to Release Video of Officer Pulling Gun on Kids

Channel 13 has learned that earlier this year, a Nevada police officer drew his weapon on two kids playing with toy guns. The kids were not charged with a crime and the case is closed. The officer was wearing a body camera at the time, but the police chief will not release the video. He says that’s because the parents do not want it released.

Dec 13 12:35

The Military and CIA Interrogation Program Has Not Stopped

The Senate report on torture created a tsunami of media coverage this week. The American public hasn’t been so shocked by evidence of the U.S. torture program since the Abu Ghraib photos of 2004. The program is far worse than previously disclosed. Greater numbers of victims have been tortured for longer periods and in ways that rival the most infamous tortures in history (“rectal feeding”). But one falsehood gets repeated as fact by even in the most serious reporters, namely, that the torture program stopped years ago. It has not. The Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on interrogation methods allows military and CIA interrogators to continue torturing detainees, and the current force feeding of Guantanamo hunger strikers is so brutal it rises to the level of torture.

Dec 13 11:10

School Holds Raffle To Get Kids To Eat Healthy Lunches

Diabetes and obesity among children has skyrocketed in America. In response to the epidemic, Congress passed the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act in 2010. The law allowed the USDA to create federal guidelines for healthier lunches in pubic schools.

Dec 13 11:10

Wisconsin Police Lieutenant’s Powerful Lament: Today I Stopped Caring

Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.

Dec 13 10:50

Gera;d Celente on 2015

Governments are evil all over
Everything is rigged
Monopoly/fascism is the new normal
Crime is protected
Individuals have to take back their power

Dec 13 10:43

Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution

When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Dec 13 10:30

Black CHP Chief Says Cops Did Nothing Wrong Pointing Gun At Protesters, Insists "We wanted to prove we deserved your trust"

Avery A. Browne the Chief of the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division, insists that plain-clothed undercover officers who pointed guns at protesters did nothing wrong whatsoever. His darling officers, who never identified themselves as police as required by law, pointed their loaded weapons at people after getting into a melee with the crowd.

"Two officers were not going to be able to arrest 30 or 40 or 50 individuals," Brown said. "I am very much sensitive to how disturbing it is when a weapon is drawn, and I don't take these matters lightly at all. At the same time, we have to understand these officers were under attack." On his website, however, Brown insists "You have entrusted us with the enforcement of laws and regulations. We wanted to prove we deserved your trust."

Dec 13 10:02

Artist Perfectly Illustrates How The Democratic Party Is Torturing America!

You know what torture is to me? Can I tell you what torture is to me? Torture to me is not all this waterboarding stuff. You know what torture is? Torture is trying to go to sleep every night with pictures in your head that your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter jumped from a top floor at the World Trade Center to his or her death rather than burn alive. That’s torture.

Dec 13 10:01

300 Former Obama Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

A group of more than 300 hundred former Obama staffers have written an open letter urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States. "We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016," the letter is titled.

Dec 13 09:45

Asthma Attack Kills Man Stopped By Cops Who Refused To Escort Him To Hospital Only 3 Miles Away.

A disturbing raw video has surfaced online showing police pull over a desperate man in need of medical assistance and causing his death over a “traffic violation.”
The footage comes from a police dashcam video. On November 30, Casey Kressin was pulled over for “speeding” and “failing to stop” at a traffic light.

Dec 13 09:45

Dave Chappelle says police choked him on his own movie set

During a Thursday night show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, comedian Dave Chappelle reportedly told a crowd that he was once choked by a police officer while filming a movie in the city.

Dec 13 09:01

Former White Sox Fielder Becomes US Ambassador

A former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox has been confirmed as the first Major League Baseball player to become a U.S. ambassador.

Mark Gilbert is the new ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. The Senate approved his nomination by voice vote on Friday.

Dec 13 08:38

Almost Half of Country Now Suing Obama Over Immigration

Texas is now leading a coalition of 24 states that are suing President Emperor Obama The First for his illegal executive orders on immigration. The latest four states to join the effort are Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma.

Dec 13 08:37

Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills 'thousands of innocents' during droning of terrorism suspects

President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.

The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama's critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.

After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it's 'moral authority,' the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn't believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.

Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.

But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.

It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems "dangerous".

Dec 13 08:27

Unions Just Got A Christmas Present From The NLRB That Negatively Affects ALL Workers

Many people are outraged over a new rule handed down by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today that not only makes unionization of private companies easier for unions but it forces employers to hand over private information of employees. Anyone who has seen unions in action knows nothing good will come of this. Their behavior often goes beyond bullying and is sometimes violent.

Dec 13 08:27

Report: Americans Are Poorer Since The Recession Ended, Wealth Inequality Continues To Increase

While it could be debated to no end whether or not the Great Recession is over, a new report points out that consumers are still worth less money than they were before the bottom fell out of the economy.

Dec 13 08:21

Visiting soldier can't stay in wife's Central apartment, landlord says

Chuck my butt! How about Scrooge or Grinch. This really sucks!

CENTRAL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central is being kicked out of his wife's apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

Sergeant William Bolt is stationed in Missouri, but his wife has been in Central. She gave birth to their daughter two weeks ago.

Bolt said the landlord at The Groves apartment complex in Central told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bolt's wife, Lily.

"I'm stationed in Missouri and we haven't seen each other in six months. What's the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?" Bolt said.

The landlord, whose name is Chuck, told FOX Carolina he enforces that rule for all his tenants.

Dec 13 08:05

LAPD Releases Warrantless DUI/License Checkpoint Locations for December 2014

The Los Angeles Police Department has issued a notice on their website revealing exact locations of their warrantless checkpoints this month. The LAPD 2013 Annual Report revealed that the department received $1.5 million taxpayer dollars to set up these checkpoints in 2013 alone: "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the LAPD a grant for $1.5 million to fund a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on City roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts."

Dec 13 07:45

Does Vogue's New Office Have a Rat Infestation?

Vermin? They're totally in Vogue.

According to staffers who work at the storied fashion bible, helmed by Anna Wintour, the brand-new Vogue offices at the Freedom Tower in downtown New York City are full of furry little friends – and no one thinks it's chic at all.

"It's true," an insider confirms to PEOPLE. "The girls that work there see the droppings everywhere. It's nasty."

Dec 13 07:42

Ray McGovern: What’s the Next Step to Stop Torture?

snip: Yet, the trouble with Cheney’s defense is that one can no more “authorize” torture than rape or slavery. Torture inhabits that same moral category, which ethicists label intrinsic evil, always wrong – whether it “works” or not.

In other words, torture is not wrong because there are U.S. laws and a UN Convention prohibiting it. It’s the other way around. The legal prohibitions were put in place because it is – or used to be, at least – widely recognized that humans simply must not do such things to other humans. For instance, after World War II, Japanese commanders were tried for war crimes because they used waterboarding on captured U.S. soldiers.

Dec 13 07:39

US Defense Bill, Passed by Congress, Bans Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the US Senate 89-11 on Friday, would fund the US Department of Defense through fiscal year 2015, but it prohibits the department from transferring prisoners from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, despite US President Barack Obama's promises to close down the detention facility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How bloody convenient.

Innocent men who will NEVER be released from Gitmo, because water boarding was not the worst of what was done to them, languishing behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Apparently, this has become "The American Way" of treating prisoners of war; and it is not all that dissimilar from the way alleged "law enforcement officers" treat the American general public.

Would I, as a law-abiding citizen, minding my own business, EVER call the police right now if I thought something criminal was going on in my neighborhood?!?

I rather think not. Innocent people in this country are getting slaughtered in this country, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And before you criticize that outlook, please consider the following, as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Acting on a bogus tip about methamphetamine from a car thief, the Laurens County Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the home of devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, David Hooks. An hour after the judge signed the warrant police raided Hooks’ house and took the life of this innocent grandfather. An attorney representing David Hooks’ widow says that the September 24, shooting did not go down as law enforcement authorities stated in initial news releases, and the “true facts of this tragedy are in stark contrast” to official accounts. At approximately 11:00 pm on September 24, Laurens County Sheriff’s deputies barged unannounced into the home of Hooks. The sheriff’s office claims Hooks was shot after he got out a firearm and started showing aggression. Hooks was met with 17 shots from SWAT officers. Since the Free Thought Project initially reported on this killing by police in October, recent revelations show that not only were no shots fired, but the shotgun wasn’t even loaded. Even if the shotgun would have been load and Hooks would have shot at the officers, he had every right, as he was protecting his wife and home from, who he perceived to be unannounced intruders, who obviously meant him harm. Police, adamant on trying to justify their breaking and entering and subsequent murder, searched the home for 44 straight hours and didn’t find one single shred of contraband. Mitchell Shook is the attorney for the family and he is asking for the FBI to investigate, citing that the raid was illegal. According to WMAZ, the family’s attorney says Hooks had four wounds, two of which he says are very problematic. Shook says that’s according to the Laurens County EMS records. He says the same information is found in the medical records from Fairview Park Hospital. “One was to the side of the head, the other, was in his back, the back of his left shoulder, based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots,” says Shook. Teresa Hooks who is still experiencing a nightmare inflicted upon her by those sworn to protect and serve, recalls that horrid night.

I would like to be able to even think that this raid, and other ones like it, where there is no true vetting of the information to begin with, are abberations in law enforcement; unfortunately, they are becoming much more standard.

Dec 13 07:33

Joint Pain Interrupts Ebola Vaccine Trial

Dec 13 07:29

Crime With and Without Punishment. Nine Things to Know about the US Justice System

I suspect the powers-that-shouldn't-be have no clue about our simmering rage

Dec 13 07:26

Pooka Time in The Circus of the Absurd and Ridiculous

I live in a world where anything is possible but only certain things are probable. I’m not in a position to say one way or the other whether this tale is true. Meanwhile though, my subconscious is screaming, “Bullshit!” at the top of her lungs. Speaking on this order of things, Mr. Visible is watching the latest Transformers film and oh… what an excruciating turd it is. It is most notable for the acting chops of the not ready for Bay Watch blonde who plays Marc Wahlberg’s daughter. Not since Sophia Copola in Godfather 3 have I seen someone with so little acting ability. That she is connected or that she paid in the coin of her realm for the role is without a doubt. I became fascinated while watching her perform. “Can it possibly be as bad as it looks?” I ask myself. The response is not long in coming, “It is worse.”

Dec 13 07:15

Colorado school bribes kids to eat Michelle O lunches

School officials in Jefferson County, Colorado felt like they had to do something to save the school’s lunch program after a significant drop in participation last year because of new federal regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. -- So, they’re bribing kids to buy lunch. -- Devinny Elementary School first grader Anna Ketzer was one of three students who won a brand new bicycle, 9News.com reports.

Dec 13 07:03

Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every year. But like they did in attaching extraneous riders to the must-pass government funding bill, lawmakers used the defense bill as a vehicle to pass a massive public lands package.

The bill sailed through on a vote of 89 to 11.

Many of the land measures were popular. But one, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, had twice failed to win support in the House of Representatives, blocked both by conservationists and conservatives.

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You've got to wonder how many members of the Senate own shares in this company. Oh, and about the country's "environmental record", if one can call it that?!?!

The following seems to be pretty damned representative of this:

Me’ekamui, the ‘Sacred Island’ of Bougainville is seen by its people as a natural, God-given inheritance to be willfully preserved from generation to generation. These indigenous people flourished here for thousands of years—thriving on the island’s rich resources of rain forested land and teeming rivers. Generations of Bougainvilleans built their culture into a productive self-sufficient economy. Since time immemorial, land on Bougainville has been owned on a clan basis, being passed down from mother to daughter. Land boundaries are well known, and have been respected for thousands of years. According to custom, clans hold the rights to the land, the sky above and the earth below. Disrespecting this longtime custom, corporate greed bloodied the heart and soul of Bougainville with the construction of the Panguana mine. Desperate Survival Once Rio Tinto set foot on their land in 1960, the villagers witnessed almost an immediate sense of loss. Their health, environmental resources and livelihood were forsaken for corporate gain. Almost immediately, the Bougainvilleans fell sick from exposure to the mine’s toxins, chemicals and air pollutants. Upper respiratory infections such as Asthma and TB became more common, and even killed people. Children became ill with coughs, colds and chronic ear infections. Many women even died giving birth, because of the lack of basic medicine and care. As Rio Tinto ravaged the island mining for copper, the company dumped waste rock and tailings, turning the river valleys into a virtual wasteland. Fish and whole forests died, depleting the villagers of their major food source, and eliminating their cash cropping systems. The villagers lost their property due to ongoing environmental contamination. Their water became non-potable, and they were forced to come up with other resources for survival. Unable to live this way, the people pleaded to Rio Tinto to give them control of their own land surrounding the mine. When Rio Tinto ignored their request, the Bougainvilleans united in the name of their culture and fought for their right to their inherent resources. The Bougainvilleans’ fight for their rights left many people dead and many more injured. Three entire principal villages were relocated, and many life-long inhabitants were forced to flee the island. - See more at: http://the-truth-reveal.blogspot.com/2007/09/rio-tinto-environmental-destruction.html#sthash.SNSrWetU.dpuf

And then, there's this lovely little story from Mongolia:

The Network is focusing support in Mongolia, where Rio Tinto has invested billions and mine workers are particularly vulnerable. The company has a US $6 billion investment in the vast Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi Desert. Workers there are represented by IndustriALL affiliate the Federation of Energy, Geology and Mining Workers’ Trade Unions of Mongolia (MEGM). Last year, Rio Tinto was condemned by the Supreme Court in Mongolia for wage discrimination against Mongolian nationals and unfair dismissal. The company also faced international criticism for sacking thousands of workers in the country without adequate consultation. ndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says that with the campaign, IndustriALL Global Union aims to build union power at Rio Tinto plants around the world, uniting workers in the struggle for decent work: “Rio Tinto has extensive experience in causing one conflict after another with trade unions, indigenous organizations, environmental groups and other key community stakeholders. Unions and civil society are coming together in an unprecedented way to push back against Rio Tinto for the benefit of workers, the environment and communities.” “For far too long, Rio Tinto has systematically put profits before people, sometimes with fatal consequences like the recent deaths at the Grasberg mine in Papua New Guinea. Workers are saying enough is enough,” says Kemal Özkan. The Network meeting follows a global day of protests on 7 October as as part of IndustriALL’s campaign to demand a new era at Rio Tinto.

More slow genocide for America's First Nations: more profit for a company whose "contributions", most likely, have lead to the electoral success of many of those senators voting for this rider.

Dec 13 06:46

Haiti premier set to quit: President

Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is prepared to step down amid mounting street protests regarding the long-delayed elections, the president says. - See more at: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/13/390011/haiti-premier-set-to-qu...

Dec 13 06:42

Former Anderson cop sentenced – again – on rape charge

A former Anderson police officer who admitted raping a woman in his custody was sentenced Friday in Sacramento federal court to five years in prison, based on his guilty plea of violating the woman’s civil rights.

Bryan Robert Benson, 30, was originally charged in 2011 in Shasta Superior Court with rape and kidnapping, and would have faced life in prison had he been convicted. Instead, he was sentenced to 364 days in jail after pleading no contest to felony assault by a police officer and to soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor.

Shasta County prosecutors said at the time that the outcome was dictated by a loophole in the law that would have allowed Benson’s lawyers to argue the sex was consensual because the woman had not yet been booked into jail.

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This loophole in California law should be fixed, and right the hell now.

I don't think I will ever visit California again, if this is the police's interpretation of "to protect and serve", even if I do not indulge in the kinds of activities which got this woman arrested in the first place.

Dec 13 06:34

Spain passes tough new 'anti-protest' law

Spain on Thursday finally passed its new controversial Citizen Security Law which opponents say will severely limit civil liberties in the country.

The unpopular law contains retains existing fines of up to €600,000 ($746,000) for unauthorized protests outside buildings "which provide basic services to the community", a definition that encompasses everything from hospitals to universities and the Spanish parliament.

The new law, which the government argues will ensure public security, also forbids the photographing or filming of police officers in situations where doing so could put them in danger. This could result in a fine of up to €30,000. Showing a "lack of respect" to those in uniform, meanwhile, could lead to a fine of €600.

The law has been dubbed the 'ley mordaza' or 'gag law' by opposition groups and the Spanish media, many of whom believe the law will curtail individual rights.

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Spain's government appears to be re-embracing its fascist past, just as the US government is embracing its fascist present, and future.

Dec 13 06:23

On the Brink of War and Economic Collapse

On occasion a reader will ask if I can give readers some good news. The answer is: not unless I lie to you like “your” government and the mainstream media do. If you want faked “good news,” you need to retreat into The Matrix. In exchange for less stress and worry, you will be led unknowingly into financial ruin and nuclear armageddon.

Dec 13 06:18

Buffalo Cop Suspended Without Pay for Beating Caught on Camera

A Buffalo police officer was suspended without pay, yes, you heard right, after he was caught on video beating a man with his nightstick, ordering him to stand up, but beating him when he tried.

Dec 13 06:01

Obama: ‘I Spend Most of My Time Watching ESPN’

Fueling the perception that he is checked out of his job, President Obama admitted to ESPN that he only watches their network every morning.

Dec 13 04:30

Why 12/13/14 could be a day to remember

It won’t happen again this century, but Saturday is 12/13/14 on the Gregorian calendar. For some it’s a minor curiosity, for others it’s their wedding day — or a signal to call their mother.

Dec 13 04:19

Jobseekers first battle despair, then many retire early

In the past 15 years, millions of Americans have left the workforce, causing the labor force participation rate — the share of American adults who either have a job or are looking for one — to fall from 67.1 percent in 2000 to 62.8 percent in November, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Dec 13 04:13

NYPD cop accused of cashing stolen checks worth $7,000

A city cop has been accused of pocketing nearly $7,000 by cashing two stolen checks, officials said Friday.

Dec 13 04:05

Couple awarded $1 million from ‘unrelenting’ Bank of America

A Florida couple receiving “unrelenting” phone calls from Bank of America was awarded more than $1 million from a federal judge.

Dec 13 02:26

Paying Down The Debt Is Now Almost Mathematically Impossible

Default has become the only option. And that could mean a number of things.

Dec 13 02:05

Sheriff Joe scores victory against Obama’s amnesty

A judge has sided with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the first clash in what is expected to be a major court fight over the legality of President Obama’s executive immigration actions, ordering a fast track for case arguments and hearings.

Dec 13 01:50

DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm

illions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document.

Dec 12 20:39

A Chinese city is burning money for power instead of coal

A power plant in Luoyang City in central China is burning money as a cleaner alternative to coal. China’s economic growth may be cooling down but the energy sector has plenty of money to burn. A power plant in Luoyang City, in the country’s central Henan province, is using old banknotes rather than coal as fuel for its furnaces and to provide power for the region. According to reports from the official Xinhua news agency, a tonne of blazing banknotes can help contribute 660 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy and generates far less pollution than the fossil fuel traditionally used

Dec 12 20:11

LAPD Hires 9/11 Truther Esai Morales to do PSA

Actor Esai Morales was recently hired by the LAPD to do a public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. The 52 year old Brooklyn native and star of Caprica is also know for his starring roles in NYPD Blue, La Bamba, and Mi Familia. LAPD excitedly tweeted about Morales in the PSA today, in which Morales dramatically opines "What if you don't get a chance to say goodbye? Put the phone down, practice hands free driving. Give yourself and others a chance to participate in life."
In August 2008, WeAreChangeLA conducted an interview with the actor, whom they desribed on youtube as as "a great actor and a great soul, speaks out for the 9-11 Truth Movement." Morales was later featured in another video asking Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich a question about the Bilderbergers. This just goes to show that the 'stigma' or consequences feared by those hesitant to speak about important controversial societal events may not be as bad as imagined.

Dec 12 18:27

Untrained CIA Agents Were Just Making Up Torture Methods As They Went Along

On Tuesday morning, the Senate intelligence committee released an executive summary of its five-year investigation into the CIA's interrogation and detention program.
Among the report's most striking revelations is that CIA interrogators were often untrained and in some instances made up torturous techniques as they went along.

Dec 12 18:27

Political cartoon depicting kids asking Santa to 'Keep us safe from the police' draws ire

AN EDITORIAL cartoon depicting children asking Santa Claus, "Keep us safe from the police," published in a Bucks County newspaper on Sunday has drawn the ire of the Fraternal Order of Police.

In a scathing letter yesterday, Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5 president John McNesby demanded an apology from the Bucks County Courier Times for the cartoon.

Dec 12 18:18

"Hillary for the Holidays": I Wish I Had a Time Machine to Avoid Mrs. Clinton's Presidential Bid

Can you imagine walking into someone’s house who has decked out their tree in “I’m Ready for Hillary” ornaments, is drinking out of “I’m Ready for Hillary” wine glasses and using Hillary quote napkins that say, “I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime,” signed Hillary Clinton?

For me, it’d be a lot like walking into a serial killer’s house and finding his collection of body parts that have been turned into functional furniture items, complete with jars of his victim’s hair and toenail clippings.

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Dec 12 17:56

Intelligence bill bolsters warrantless spying on U.S. citizens

“When I learned that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 was being rushed to the floor for a vote—with little debate and only a voice vote expected (i.e., simply declared “passed” with almost nobody in the room) — I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language. What they discovered is one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.” — Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) Section 309 contains the language which civil libertarians found disturbing. Rep. Amash rushed out a “Dear Colleague” letter to every member of congress, urging each to vote “NO” on H.R. 4681.

Dec 12 17:15

Feds Creating Robots To Watch Over The Elderly

The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily. A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot company to create the machines, which will be able to deliver glasses of water to senior citizens.

Dec 12 16:46

Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden's Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide

Former Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale was found dead in Colorado on Wednesday, the network reports.

Di-Natale most recently worked as a freelancer for Fox News West Coast bureau in Los Angeles. His last day with the network was November 30.

The exact cause of his death has not been released, but Fox News reports that the 43-year-old took his own life.

Dec 12 16:02

7 Natural Tips for Getting Over Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that should be tackled from all angles. However, if you’re looking for some natural solutions, consider utilizing these 7 tips for getting over depression.

Dec 12 15:54

Darwin Awards study says men are far more idiotic than women

Scientists analyze the past 10 years of silly, avoidable deaths and find that almost 90 percent of the “protagonists” in these scenarios were male.

Dec 12 15:53

Seattle Is Sinking!

Bertha repair pit might have caused 30 buildings to sink along with viaduct.

Dec 12 15:45

Cops Escort 84-year-old Woman to See Sick Son After Crash With Patrol Car -- Trying to get some good PR?

In today’s volatile social atmosphere, where police are largely derided for their short tempers, irrationality and sometimes quick rush to violence, stories like these are important to remind us that not all police are the thuggish brutes appearing in viral cell phone videos.

Dec 12 15:40

Drug tests for journalists proposed in Hungary

The Hungarian prime minister, who has vowed to remake his country into a “non-liberal” state as he moves closer to Moscow, called Friday for mandatory drug testing of journalists and politicians.

Dec 12 15:17

Police apologise after shooting dead a man's dog

A man whose dog was chased by police, pepper sprayed and unlawfully shot dead has received an official apology, but only after strong criticism of the incident by a district court judge.

Robert Wellington wants more than just the letter of apology he received 2 years after burying his pet. His beloved 4-year-old family dog Buddy was shot and killed on his South Auckland property by an officer whose actions a judge later described as akin to "killing an ant with a hammer".

"I was standing in front of them while they were trying to shoot my dog. They tackled me to the ground ... and then [others] followed the dog up the driveway. I looked up and I saw the guy take aim. I heard one pop and then a minute later another pop. My partner was screaming at me, 'They've just shot Buddy'.

"He was my best mate. I loved him like you'd love any family member - which is what he was to us."

Dec 12 14:09

Shooting reported near Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland

Police are responding to reports of a shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland.

Early reports say a 17-year-old was shot in back and a separate female student was shot in the chest. At least three people were transported to Legacy Emanuel Health Center.

Dec 12 13:56

Italy comes to standstill amid boisterous protests

Tens of thousands of Italians took to the streets on Friday in boisterous protests against government policies that are struggling to haul the recession-bound country out of the economic mire.

Dec 12 12:48

The New Cold War Policy Has Backfired

What is occurring is a radical shift in U.S.-European diplomacy – in a way that according to textbook theory is inherently unstable and unworkable.

In following U.S. New Cold War confrontation, Europe has been acting against its own economic interests. Its neoliberal Third Energy law has effectively blocked Russia from having any economic gain in selling more gas to Europe.

The world’s geopolitics, major trade patterns and military alliances have changed radically in the past month. Russia has re-oriented its gas and oil trade, and also its trade in military technology, away from Europe toward Eurasia.

Dec 12 12:44

The United States of Torture

Want to abolish torture by US government agents? Then abolish the American empire.

There’s no shortcut, no way to ensure that “national security” won’t trump elementary ethics in the future – not unless we permanently ditch our imperial ambitions and restore our old republic. Until then we’ll remain the United States of Torture.

Dianne Feinstein was the canary in the coalmine. If even the senior Senator from California, as stalwart an ally of the CIA and the National Security State as one is likely to find, was upset enough to make such a fuss about the Senate torture report then it had to be pretty awful. The release of the 600-page report summary confirmed our worst suspicions.

Dec 12 11:03

Storm Shows Americans Are Totally Unprepared: “I have no food, I have no cash, so I’m trying to forage for something”

The storm that swept California over the last 48 hours wasn’t really that severe. Moreover, the public had nearly three days of advanced warning that it was coming. Yet, even this was apparently not enough to convince people to make even the most basic of preparations.

Dec 12 10:18

Couple who received more than SEVEN HUNDRED robocalls over four years from Bank of America win $1m lawsuit

A married couple has been awarded over $1 million in compensation after successfully bringing a harassment complaint against Bank of America for being subjected to hundreds of loan collection calls over a four year period.

Nelson and Joyce Coniglio, of Tampa, Florida, received more than 700 automated calls after they fell behind on mortgage loan payments in 2009.

In a complaint filed in federal court in July, attorneys for the couple said they had been on the receiving end of 'patterns of outrageous, abusive and harassing conduct' by a subsidiary of Bank of America.

Dec 12 09:56

Torture is illegal. Americans tortured. Why isn't anyone being prosecuted?

If you're following the revelations from the Senate's newly-released report on CIA torture, two questions might have crossed your mind. Will anyone be prosecuted for this? And if not, why not?
The answer is that, no, there probably will be no major prosecutions for torture, at least not in the US. While torture is illegal under US and international law, most of the legal avenues that could be used to hold CIA and higher officials accountable have been closed off, one by one — many by the Obama administration.

Dec 12 09:56

HSBC: Merry Christmas, We'll Take Your Home If You Don't Pay Your Mortgage

British-based bank HSBC wants to wish its customers a Merry Christmas, but also reminds them that their homes could be repossessed if they do not pay their mortgages.

Dec 12 09:42

Free choice vs media determinism

Lawrence Davidson questions the extent of free will, whether in commercial or political choices, in the face of media manipulation amounting to determinism and exercised through advertisements and selective news and emphasis.

Dec 12 09:18

Fox News correspondent commits suicide

A well-regarded and well-traveled Fox News Channel correspondent apparently killed himself, according to a Colorado medical examiner on Thursday. Dominic Di-Natale, whose last assignment for Fox was covering the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson and the riots and looting that occurred in its wake, was 43-years-old.

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I am not ready to concur with this being a suicide.

Dec 12 09:16

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program

Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on “war on terror” detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.

But the handwritten notes obtained exclusively by Truthout drafted two decades ago by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the government’s top-secret torture program, tell a dramatically different story about the reasons detainees were brutalized and it was not just about obtaining intelligence.

Rather, as Jessen’s notes explain, torture was used to “exploit” detainees, that is, to break them down physically and mentally, in order to get them to “collaborate” with government authorities. Jessen’s notes emphasize how a “detainer” uses the stresses of detention to produce the appearance of compliance in a prisoner.

Dec 12 08:53

ISIS leader: "If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no ISIS"

In an incredible scoop, the Guardian's Martin Chulov interviewed a senior leader of ISIS— one who came up through the ranks with the group's top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The single most interesting quote from the ISIS leader, whom Chulov refers to as Abu Ahmed, is quite disturbing: he credits the group's rise, in large part, to American prison camps during the Iraq war, which he says gave him and other jihadist leaders an invaluable forum to meet one another and to plan their later rise.

Dec 12 08:53

More than $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much, a new report suggests.

More than $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much, a new report suggests.
Consulting firm Value Chain Management International published a report this week that tabulates the total monetary cost of the millions of kilograms of food that goes to waste every year in Canadian homes, restaurants and grocery stores.

Dec 12 08:53

Why Is The Treasury Department Buying Survival Kits For Bank Employees?

The Department of Treasury is spending $200,000 on survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation. The question, obviously, is just what do they know that the rest of us don’t?

Dec 12 07:59

PHOTOS: UNDERCOVER COP DRAWS GUN ON PROTESTERS IN OAKLAND

An undercover police officer, who had been marching with demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, California on Wednesday. The man was identified as an officer with the California Highway Patrol, according to the Oakland Police Department.

Dec 12 07:59

Presenting The $303 Trillion In Derivatives That US Taxpayers Are Now On The Hook For

Its a moot point, since it was an un-payable fraud to begin with. Shrug!

Dec 12 07:57

U.S. won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice.

Dec 12 07:57

NYPD Cop Says He Was Racially Profiled, Assaulted And Wrongfully Arrested By Other Cops

An NYPD detective believes he was racially profiled when he was attacked by three officers outside a Washington Heights night club two years ago.
In an exclusive interview with PIX11 News, Harold Thomas said he was attacked by fellow officers after a night of partying at La Marina night club in Manhattan with his son and friends.

Dec 12 07:52

Pension plans to be looted nationwide as Congress okays institutional theft of funds

When societies approach collapse, coercion shifts to outright theft: Stealing money right out of your bank account, for example, like we recently witnessed in Cyprus. Government also routinely target pension funds and even private retirement accounts, attempting to keep itself afloat by any means necessary.

Just like clockwork, that looting of pension plans is now about to commence. "Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation's 1,400 multi-employer pension plans," writes Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post. [1] The Post continues:

"This proposal would devastate retirees and their surviving spouses," said Karen Friedman, executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit group. "The proposal would also torpedo basic protections of the federal private pension law ... that states that once benefits are earned, they can't be cut back."

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Dec 12 07:30

The ‘Thin Blue Line’ Serves No Purpose

Like many people, I grew up watching numerous television shows and mainstream movies depicting a world in which the common police officer stood as a sentinel of civilized society against a seething underbelly of violence and chaos just beneath the surface of the world around us. Through public schooling, we were indoctrinated to fear the drug culture as a breeding ground of gangland destruction and to worship law enforcement officials as the only barrier between us and a cocaine-frosted wasteland. We were led to believe that every day police were holding back a tide of crime and terrorism. The so-called “thin blue line” was an indispensable part of a safe and prosperous nation.

Dec 12 07:22

U.S. Imprisons More Black People Than South Africa During Apartheid

Journalist Nicholas Kristof has been writing a series of articles entitled "When Whites Just Don't Get It" that have highlighted the societal inequalities between black and white people in the U.S.
In the fifth part of this series for The New York Times, Kristof cited an Aspen Institute report and wrote: "White Americans may protest that our racial problems are not like South Africa’s. No, but the United States incarcerates a higher proportion of blacks than apartheid South Africa did."

Dec 12 07:22

Cops use taser on woman while she recorded arrest of another man

A 36-year-old Baltimore woman claims she was tased by police and arrested while filming the arrest of a man with her mobile phone, according to a lawsuit to be served on the Baltimore City Police Department as early as Thursday.

Dec 12 07:22

Canada just made it legal for police to search your cellphone without a warrant upon arrest.

A divided Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that police can conduct a limited search of suspect’s cellphone without getting a search warrant, but they must follow strict rules.

Dec 12 07:02

Verizon's New, Encrypted Calling App Comes Pre-Hacked for the NSA

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it's doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

Dec 12 06:49

CIA torture report: The doctors who were the unlikely architects of the CIA's programme

...it has been revealed that two doctors, identified by the pseudonyms Dr Grayson Swigert and Dr Hammond Dunbar, were paid $81 million by the CIA to help develop and implement a seven-year programme that included "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding, placing detainees in stress positions and sleep deprivation.

Dec 11 23:56

Citizen Run Database Shows Over 1,000 People Killed by Cops in 2014

To date the most reliable data anyone has about law enforcement killings in the U.S. was the FBI’s statistics on homicides by law enforcement. But therein lies the problem.

Dec 11 23:54

After being exposed, undercover cop draws gun on protesters in California

On Wednesday night, a plainclothes police officer dressed as protesters had his identity revealed before drawing his baton and pistol on a crowd of protesters and reporters in Oakland, California. The officer and his partner have been accused of trying to incite the crowd towards violence before they were exposed as provocateurs.

Dec 11 23:48

US-led NATO powers' responsibility for the crisis in Ukraine

James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria speaking at "United Ukraine? Euromaidan revolution and Donbass rebellion in domestic and international perspectives"

Dec 11 23:40

Sending troops to protect dictators threatens all of us

... with its new commitment to station troops in Bahrain, we can have no doubt where the British government stands: behind autocracy and “enduring interests”. Just as the refusal to hold previous US governments to account for terror and torture laid the ground for what happened after 9/11, the failure of parliament even to debate the decision to garrison the Gulf is an ominous one. Britain’s new base isn’t in the interests of either the people of Britain, Bahrain or the Middle East as a whole – it’s a danger and affront to us all.

Dec 11 23:36

Russia and Turkey’s Gas Deal can Save Europe and the World

The status of South Stream and the newly announced Russia-Turkey gas deal is much more than it seems. It is primarily about putting the brakes on what has slowly been developing into the next world war.

Dec 11 23:31

The First Step is Admitting That It’s Torture

The US Senate’s minimal, partial, heavily redacted summary of its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program is out. That report’s reception by establishment media turns out to be at least as demonstrative of the problem it addresses as the report itself.

As any recovering addict will helpfully inform you, the first step is admitting the problem. The US government and American media (and presumably following them, the America public) still resolutely refuse to do that.

Dec 11 23:24

Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia on Thursday, aggressively defending the agency and the “enhanced interrogation” torture program exposed in a recently-released Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Brennan, who was a top official in the CIA when the torture program was planned and implemented by the Bush administration, echoed many of the comments made by Obama himself in a prepared statement released on Tuesday.

Dec 11 22:06

Zero Dark Thirty wins ‘Albert Speer Oscar’ for best propaganda film

One of the most pervasive trends in 21st century western culture has become somewhat of an obsession in America

Dec 11 21:29

The 'Thin Blue Line' Serves No Purpose

snip: The existence of a separate government-controlled warrior class has caused crisis and catastrophe all throughout human history. Invariably, this warrior class ends up exalting itself as superior to the functions and values of the citizenry, rather than maintaining a sense of duty to the citizenry. The claim that the average American is not capable of proper self-security or community security is perhaps the most successful lie of the past century. This is not to say that warriors do not exist. Some people develop the proper mindset, while others do not. However, becoming a warrior is a personal psychological and spiritual pursuit meant to overcome the detriments of fear and has nothing whatsoever to do with government recognition.

Dec 11 19:13

The Unmitigated Gall Of Dick Cheney’s Utter Lack of Contrition

Darth Cheney: so vile human hearts can't survive in him!

Dec 11 18:58

Drug raid in rural Georgia ends in a homeowner dead, no drugs found, and no police punished.

David Hooks was shot in the back and head as he was lying face down on the floor during a drug raid by Laurens County deputies.
That's according to the lawyer representing his family.

Dec 11 18:57

CIA torture: Fox News says 'the US is awesome' – and torture report is just 'one last shot at Bush'

Fox News has condemned the release of a damning report into the CIA's use of torture as a political manoeuvre designed to show Americans "how we’re not awesome".

The broadcaster's National Security Analyst K.T. McFarland argued that the techniques were both "legal and justified" by the 9/11 terror attacks.

Dec 11 18:56

Banking while black? Toronto man accuses Scotiabank of racial profiling | Frantz St. Fleur was arrested while depositing a $9,000 refund. His lawsuit alleges the bank called police without trying to confirm the cheque’s authenticity.

A Toronto man has filed a $225,000 lawsuit alleging racial profiling after a routine trip to the bank led to him being arrested on suspicion of passing a fraudulent cheque, according to a statement of claim filed with the court.

Dec 11 18:00

Sheriff Beauford T. Justice speak on Warcrimes

Note: This is from Maddow's video "We Used To Execute People For Waterboarding War Crimes." But it's been deleted. This video was posted instead under a different name.

Dec 11 17:39

Patients ‘dying of hunger & cold’: WHO raises alarm over healthcare in Ukraine

The lack of doctors and medicines in the eastern Ukrainian conflict zone is putting lives at risk says a new World Health Organization report, which describes the situation on the ground as “not just a humanitarian crisis.”

Dec 11 15:56

Protecting the Public from the Police? Will U.S. Law Enforcement Use Body Cameras to Monitor Themselves?

Protests in US cities and towns has continued to make headlines over the acquittal of the police officers involved in the unjustified homicides in Ferguson, Missouri involving the shooting death of Michael Brown and in New York City where Eric Garner’s death was the result of a chokehold by the NYPD. Now the Obama Administration and police departments across the US are in agreement to have the police wear body cameras to record their actions when they interact with the public.

Dec 11 15:22

FBI’s Police State

Your local police force isn’t the only government agency attempting to lock down our country and take away your rights… the FBI has been getting in on the action as well!

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